All men variety of personal health issues throughout their lives. Here are some of the most common health questions they have along with some helpful answers.
- Are there resources for men who are in a domestic violence situation?
Various kinds of abuse can occur between two men in a relationship, including: physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Abusers often blame victims for the abuse. Comprehensive information on this topic is available at the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project.
- Are there any safe ways to wax or shave for men?
Unwanted hair removal, also known as “manscaping” is becoming more popular among guys. It can be applied to unwanted hair anywhere on the body, including chest, back, balls, legs, and pubic hair. There are a lot of options for hair removal, including razors, creams, scissors, and waxing.
- Any advice on hair replacement?
Losing the hair on top of the head is a normal process for men. Going bald on top is not a medical problem. For some guys, being bald is attractive. Options for dealing with hair loss include medical treatment (pills, topical medications, etc.), surgical approaches (hair transplants), or cosmetic options (toupee). All of these approaches can be costly and may not improve your appearance, especially if the hair plugs or toupee are obvious. Any health concerns about hair loss or replacement should be discussed with your doctor.
- What are the pros and cons of testosterone replacement therapy?
Many aging men with low testosterone report improved energy levels, sex drive, and mood after testosterone treatment. However, testosterone replacement therapy can have side effects, and the long-term risks and benefits are unknown. If you think you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, talk with your doctor.
- Is there anything I should be doing to keep my prostate healthy?
The prostate is an internal gland whose job is to make the seminal fluid, that material that carries and nourishes the sperm, and forms the bulk of what comes out of the penis when a man ejaculates. Many men will get prostate cancer in their lives, and the risk grows with age. A healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking improve prostate health. Talk with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer.
- What are the causes and treatment for erectile dysfunction?
There are a variety of physical and psychological factors that can impact a guy’s ability to get an erection. This problem can also be a byproduct of aging. Treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) are available from a doctor.
- Should I be doing regular testicular exams on myself for cancer?
It is generally recommended that after puberty, men should examine their balls regularly for signs of cancer. Although uncommon, testicular cancer would feel like a hard stone rather than rubbery like everything else in there. Testicular cancer is not generally painful, but it can cause some discomfort. If you find something suspicious in your scrotum, go to your doctor and get it checked out.
- Where can I get information on general health screenings for men?
All men should regularly get checked out for a variety of health measures. The types of screening and frequency vary depending on your age.
- Is it bad to take steroids?
Yes. Steroids have several potential bad health effects that cannot be reversed when the drug is stopped. They may cause bloating, acne, and unwanted body-hair growth. They also cause testicles to shrink and breasts to grow. They promote hardening of the arteries, damage the liver, and alter moods and sex drive.
- Can men have eating disorders?
Yes. An eating disorder is defined as being unable to control the way you eat. This can include starving yourself or eating too much. Among men with eating disorders, large proportions are men who like guys. If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to your doctor.
- Should men have to take any special vitamins for their diet?
Vitamins and nutritional supplements are not necessary for a man who has a healthy diet including a variety of starches, fruits, and vegetables. It’s ok to take a daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplements, but no one has proven that this is necessary for a healthy person. Taking too many supplements/vitamins is actually unhealthy and can damage your body.
- How important is exercise for men?
Regular exercise is very important for men’s health. It helps you feel better, have more energy, sleep better, reduce stress, maintain/lower weight, and reduce the chances of diseases such as heart attacks and diabetes. Being fit can help you be better in bed too!